Outreach - helping the public clearly understand cancer's impact on our daily lives - is a key component of any cancer center that earns the coveted "comprehensive" designation from the National Cancer Institute. The UW Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) is engaged in an extensive, ongoing effort to provide training, education and outreach to the communities it serves so that people in those communities have the information and resources they need to make sound decisions about cancer prevention, screening and treatment. 


Contact Noelle LoConte, MD for more information on activities that the UWCCC supports.


Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

The Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (WI CCC) and its partnership arm, the Wisconsin Cancer Council, work to engage public, private and community partners to develop, implement and promote a statewide approach to cancer control. The WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2010-2015 serves as the foundation for WI CCC and as a common framework for action in cancer prevention and control over the next several years.


WI CCC’s goal is to reduce the burden of cancer for all in Wisconsin by working collaboratively and comprehensively throughout the cancer care continuum.  The Program implements projects that affect the whole continuum of cancer care, from prevention to palliative care. Each year the projects are developed with the input of the Wisconsin Cancer Council Steering Committee. The staff and infrastructure for these projects are based at the UWCCC. 



Wisconsin Cancer Council

The Wisconsin Cancer Council, the partnership arm of the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, is a coalition of 90 statewide, regional and local organizations dedicated to the development and coordination of a comprehensive cancer control program in Wisconsin. The objectives of the Wisconsin Cancer Council are to reduce the morbidity and mortality of cancer in the state by stimulating communication between cancer-control organizations in Wisconsin; advocating for cancer control through policy, systems and environmental changes and research; and developing and coordinating projects that require the interaction of various cancer control organizations in Wisconsin.  The Wisconsin Cancer Council has been based at the UWCCC since 1980.  



Cancer Health Disparities Initiative 

The Cancer Health Disparities Initiative (CHDI) seeks to increase the capacity of communities and the UWCCC to reduce inequities in cancer burden through research, outreach and education.  In partnership with colleagues across UWCCC, the communities it serves and the UW Madison campus, CHDI addresses cancer health disparities by promoting and facilitating research, building organizational and community partnerships, conducting outreach and organizing education and training.  More information about CHDI, its services and projects can be found on the CHDI website.



Spirit of EAGLES
The Spirit of EAGLES program addresses comprehensive cancer control among American Indians through partnerships with tribes, the Network for Cancer Control Research among American Indian / Alaska Native populations, multiple cancer centers, the American Cancer Society and many other partners. The Spirit of EAGLES program at UWCCC serves Native communities in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.



Rural Cancer Disparities Project

The UWCCC Rural Cancer Disparities Project outreach staff work with rural communities in the UWCCC catchment area to promote cancer education and control activities and increase rural patients' access to timely and appropriate screening, treatment, supportive care and clinical trials.



Dane Country African American Cancer Outreach Project

The Dane County African American Cancer Outreach Project is a culturally appropriate education initiative designed to increase cancer awareness and improve screening practices among African Americans in Dane County, Wisconsin.



Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention

In 2012, the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI) reached 20 years of helping smokers to quit. UW-CTRI is nationally recognized for its ground-breaking tobacco research that is translated into tobacco treatment. UW-CTRI conducts tobacco research not just in its own labs in Madison and Milwaukee, but also in healthcare clinics throughout Wisconsin. Beyond studying ways to improve treatments, other studies at UW-CTRI look at how we can improve the effectiveness of community, state and national responses to reduce the emotional, physical, and financial consequences of smoking.


UW-CTRI also provides services to thousands of Wisconsin residents through the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line, which offers free coaching to anyone anywhere in Wisconsin 24/7, supported by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Since the launch of UW-CTRI's Outreach Program in 2001 as part of a comprehensive, statewide tobacco control program, UW-CTRI outreach specialists have worked with virtually every health-care system and insurer - as well as thousands of clinics and dozens of hospitals across Wisconsin.



Pain and Policy Studies Group 

The Pain and Policy Studies Group (PPSG) strives to improve global pain relief by achieving legitimate access to prescription opioid analgesics worldwide, focusing primarily on the legislative and regulatory environments governing professional healthcare practice relating to pain management. Much of this work, which is guided by a public health approach, aims to address governmental and regulatory policy barriers to medical use of prescription opioid analgesics that are essential for severe pain relief and palliative care.  Activities typically are accomplished through collaborative efforts with colleagues from a wide range of institutions, including UW and other academic institutions, global and U.S. national and state agencies, and global associations of professionals, health care providers and patients.